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    Matt, I spoke with Daryl on Friday. He gave me a...

    Matt, I spoke with Daryl on Friday. He gave me a quote fir the press with hand pump. Is that what you had before upgrading? Did you choose this unit instead of a 7Ē short bank like Wes Fabís?...
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    D. - do you mind saying what it cost you? The SS...

    D. - do you mind saying what it cost you? The SS press? I had a quote from Smokey Lake of around $1,500. But I think that was with a gear pump. Itís a little pricey for my budget, but it does sound...
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    After pursuing a new or used vacuum filter setup...

    After pursuing a new or used vacuum filter setup as an upgrade to flat filtering, Iím now also considering a small filter press. I have my eyes on a used but almost new Wes Fab 7Ē short bank with a...
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    Same here - price for upgrade to Wes Fab short bank?

    Hi everyone, like many here Iím considering upgrading from flat filtering for efficiency and quality clear syrup. My syrup off the flat filter is pretty clear already but it can be slow especially...
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    In my six years sugaring, I struggled with the...

    In my six years sugaring, I struggled with the cone filters like everyone, then went to flat filtering for the last 3 years, and itís been a huge improvement, efficiency and quality wise. Iím quite...
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    Thanks Dr Tim. Makes sense, and I hadnít thought of that risk.
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    Jdirckson - I looked at the Smokey Lake vacuum...

    Jdirckson - I looked at the Smokey Lake vacuum ďapplicatorĒ unit and spoke with them about it. Itís made to work with their own 16x16 steam tray system, but they said it wouldnít work with my 16x16...
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    Ross, thanks. Iíd like to learn more about how you preheat with water, and about the space between the bottom of the holding tank and main unit. Do you add water in that space and heat over the...
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    Vs. flat filter with steam tray

    Hi, I am considering up trading up to a CDL vacuum filter this upcoming season from my current flat filter system. Because it sounds like it does filter much more quickly with vacuum. But It doesnít...
  10. Thanks for all the input!

    Very helpful input so thanks. Weíre in the same wavelength. Iíve done the same thing, be open with people about the taste, and offer a taste. A customer I sold some too just called me to get more -...
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    Hi, happy fall season. Iím a small producer, made 35 gallons this year. Iíve sold a bunch at farmers markets, in all 3 grades - Golden, Amber, dark. However, the last batch of dark I made got a...
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    The reason to sterilize in addition to cleaning...

    The reason to sterilize in addition to cleaning is preventing mold which increases clean/prep time the following season. Without sterilizing Iíve found most buckets acquire serious mold that takes...
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    How about the sugar % factor

    Sugar content declines toward the end of the season, and and when it declines to a certain point, do you stop due to the much longer boil / RO times? Iíll using a refractometer this year first time,...
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    Sorry I havenít updated my system summary at the bottom in a while. Itís my 6th year sugaring, with a 2x5, 150 taps, 130 on 5/16 gravity. Made 30 gallons last year.
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    Sorry I havenít updated my system summary at the bottom in a while. Itís my 6th year sugaring, with a 2x5, 150 taps, 130 on 5/16 gravity. Made 30 gallons last year.
  16. How often do you soap wash the membrane?

    Itís my third year with RO, using a single membrane rig made by Dave Paul which removes 50gph water. I rinse / flush almost every boil, but at most Iíve washed twice during season. A local friend...
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    Surprised at little sap flow yesterday at 45F

    In harvard I expected a big run after the nice freeze and warming back up yesterday, but it was very slow.I expected a couple gallons per bucket, and got only .5 gallon, and expected near full...
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    RO rinse - permeate outlet ?

    Every year at startup I seem to have new questions about running my small RO (50gph water removal). When you Rinse at startup to remove and get rid of preservative, do you run both the concentrate...
  19. Minor cola odor in poly tank after cleaning

    I bought four used 35 gallons poly tanks this season for sap
    Collection. They had a cola syrup in them before. Three were very clean and lost any odor after wash with vinegar, rinsing, wash with...
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    2021 tapping time

    Hi everyone, I agree with others in western MA, itís starting to look like tapping time a week or a bit more from now. Which means I have tomorrow through next weekend to get ready. Itís my first...
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    Much appreciated, Mapleflats, Enthusiast, and...

    Much appreciated, Mapleflats, Enthusiast, and Maine. This will be super helpful for tapping this year. Iíve been moving my taps 6Ē vertical and horizontal each season, but not in a logical organized...
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    Thanks. I get that, but I havenít been Re-using drops yet, this might be the first year I do on some lines. So Iím ok there as long as I move Tap locations this season. I wondered if the short drops...
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    Minimum length of drops

    My 6th year of sugaring this season, getting ready and hoping to learn something about drop length. I have around 140 taps now all using 5/16 laterals with 5/16 drops, after a few years experimenting...
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    [QUOTE=christopherh;388915]Lapierre makes a...

    [QUOTE=christopherh;388915]Lapierre makes a darker grey. Itís good for both laterals and drops. Iíve been using it and like it a lot. H2O makes a darker grey as well.

    Thanks. Iíll check them out.
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    Gray tubing color - in 5/16

    Im looking for 5/16 tubing in either grey color or clear. A neighbor last year complained about the bright green color I was using. Go figure. I think green is nice. I found nothing on Bascoms, one...
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